How to Resurface Your Old Boards into Dry Erase Whiteboards
28 January 2020 - Written by a wise EduBird

Write-On resurfacing material from EduBoard is a game-changer when it comes to upgrading your classroom or resurfacing old chalkboards or tatty whiteboards. A simple installation can make all the difference. Read more about write on here and product specifications here.

Before and After video showing the effectiveness of Write-On board resurfacing material


STEP1: It Takes 2-4 People

  • It generally takes two people but if your area that you are resurfacing is very large then you may need four people to help you and a little patience.

STEP 2: Clean The Surface

  • It is vital that you clean the surface thoroughly before applying the self-adhesive whiteboard roll.
  • Methodically remove all chalk and dust deposits by washing the surface with a sponge and warm water.
  • The most vital areas that need to be cleaned are corners, sills and frames including the top edge of the frame where you will often find build up of dust deposits.
  • Remove any bumps or objects such as paint spots, Prestik and other deposits with a scraper, take care to to scratch the surface.
  • The bottom line is that the surface must be as smooth and clean as possible with no hair, dust or lint left on the board after cleaning.
  • The surface must be 100% dry prior to applying the resurfacing material.

STEP 3: Peel, Stick & Smooth

  • Ensure that your hands are clean and free from dust and grease before starting.
  • Peel back 15cm of the backing liner to reveal the self-stick backing.
  • Apply the exposed edge of the roll to the surface that you are covering ensuring that the alignment is straight with the frame.
  • One person should hold the roll from the bottom slowly drawing the backing away whilst the other person smooths the material on the wall or chalkboard from the centre of the roll towards the edges.
  • You can use your hand or a soft cloth to smooth the material. Be sure to work the bubbles out towards the edges of the surface.
  • The material is repositionable so you can lift it off the surface and reapply if necessary.
  • If you have correctly aligned and applied the material with the frame edge then it should simple be a matter of using a sharp Stanley knife to neatly trim any excess material at the frame edges and corners.
  • If a frame is not utilised, then care should be taken to avoid corners and edges being exposed to wear as this could lead to eventual lifting and peeling.


Cleaning solution for reflective gloss Write-On material:

  • 2-3 drops sunlight liquid and water mixed in a refillable spray bottle.

Cleaning solution for non-reflective matte Write-On material:

  • 1 part Windowlene: 1 part methylated spirits: 1 part water mixed solution or:
  • 20% methylated spirits and 80% water solution mized in a refillable spray bottle.


  • Spray whiteboard with any of the above solutions and clean with a soft, damp microfiber cloth. Wait to dry before writing again. Wash your cloth with water only.

Please note the following:

  • Clean your board daily to avoid ghosting
  • Avoid any abrasive chemicals e.g. Handy Andy to clean the boards, as the abrasive cleaning agent damages the surface of the board.
  • Avoid waxy or greasy substances coming into contact with your board, as this will affect erasability and cause smudging.
  • Do not place sharp objects on the boards surface.
  • Do not use cleaning fluid with an eraser pad of chalkboard duster.

For any queries or comments please contact Karen, EduBoard Board Specialist:


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